These fishing phrases need to be removed.
Anglers basically have their own language. Fishing phrases, terms, and slang are common knowledge. In fact, I think someone who doesn’t fish would have trouble decoding what we’re saying to each other.
“It was a giant!”
Every fish you lose will be much bigger than one you catch. Hey, we are fishermen: a group known far and wide for exaggerations and embellishments. Raise your hand if you have never told a fish story? Thought so.
We are all guilty of this one, and truthfully, this one will probably never go away.
“You should’ve been here last week.”
The fishing was always better last week. Even if you were there last week, it was even better the week before. This one should be retired.
“If only we had a little [insert weather condition here].”
Fishermen have to be the pickiest people on earth when it comes to weather. If it’s sunny, we want wind. If it’s rainy, we want sun. It is never perfect, and if it is, we want it to change.
“They only wanted this color.”
Sometimes, color does matter. More times than not, it doesn’t matter as much as we think. What’s the old saying? Lures are designed to catch fishermen, not fish. Similar colors will all work if the fish are hungry,
“That person’s on my spot!”
We are all guilty of this. It may be your favorite place on the whole lake, but unless there is a sign with your name on it, it is not your spot.
“This lake was really good.”
This one is similar to “you should have been here last week.” It was always better in the past. Maybe the fish changed; maybe they adapted to new structure or an introduction of an invasive species. The fishing is probably still good, just different.
“That was a bite.”
Maybe it was and maybe it wasn’t. That “bite” you felt may have also been your lure rolling over a rock or bumping into a stump. It’s easy to say they were all bites.
“I’ve caught them here before.”
Continually going to your “honey hole” can produce big fish if they’re still there. They may have moved due to weather, time of year, or any number of factors.